The 22-year-old Saudi “student” who landed in the United States with a visa to study and a dream to murder Americans was convicted in court of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, the FBI said. Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari could get life in prison for hatching the plot.
FBI agents arrested the would-be terrorist, a student at South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas last year after he bought the supplies to make a bomb.
The feds collared Aldawsari, then 20, after two companies notified the FBI that he was attempting to purchase a chemical that can be used to make bombs. The FBI’s arrest affidavit describes Aldawsari’s activities in detail.
“According to court documents and evidence presented during trial, at the time of his arrest last year, Aldawsari had been researching online how to construct an IED [improvised explosive device] using several chemicals as ingredients,” the FBI said after the “student’s” conviction.
He had also acquired or taken a substantial step toward acquiring most of the ingredients and equipment necessary to construct an IED, and he had conducted online research of several potential U.S. targets, the affidavit alleges. In addition, he had allegedly described his desire for violent jihad and martyrdom in blog postings and a personal journal.
That ingredient was phenol. Aldawsari wanted 10 bottles of it.
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Photo of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari: AP Images